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Wallace Stevens

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"We live in an old chaos of the sun" - Wallace Stevens

From his meditative and philosophical poem, Sunday Morning, which was first published in 1915. The poem opens with a domestic scene in which an unnamed woman somewhat guiltily enjoys her morning after skipping Sunday services. It hints at a cultural shift, and implies that Sunday morning is not only for church. 

The poem expands outward from this initial domestic scene, and this particular line turns sharply in a metaphysical direction.

Like the woman's fading religion, quaint conceptions of the sun as a symbol of order and benevolence are abandoned. The reality of the universe is more grand, more ancient, and more chaotic than that. The poet argues that the beauty of nature is not only very much present, but outlasts the paradise predicted by any religion.

Drawing inspiration from the orbits of moons, planets, suns and galaxies, the illustration traces the paths of interlocked objects across time. It hints at a hidden interdependence between things that can't be explained and may ultimately be unknowable.

11x14 inch art print with white border
• Heavy, premium 270 gsm archival paper
• Matte, slightly textured finish